Portrait – A Fragment Of Her Life

I enjoy taking portrait photos because of the experience of interviews. In an interview, we talk to each other to understand more about the issue; and in portrait photography, we observe and capture the characters through observation. It is different but similar; the point is the interaction between the two, I and the other party.

At the end of last year, before I headed back to Taiwan, I received a mail for portrait shooting. “I would like to let you do an album of my last portrait for me.” the girl wrote me this sentence in the message. She would like to record her emotions as a memory of her life, a fragment of the moment in her age. “I like the way how you capture people.” when we met, she said to me.

喜歡拍攝人像是因為這些年採訪的緣故;採訪用的是來往對話的言語多加瞭解探索,而人像拍攝則是透過觀察來捕捉人物個性的流露。方法迥異卻又有雷同之處,那便是彼此之間的不管是有形或無形的互動。

去年在社群媒體上公布快閃回台灣的消息後,收到了位讀者來信,詢問拍攝個人寫真;「我想拍遺照。」來信的女孩想記錄自己現階段的喜怒哀樂做為生命的紀錄,是想珍藏更多生活中的片段使之豐滿,而非如字面上那般負面不堪。女孩又說,她喜歡我的品味以及拍攝風格;「那麼接下來的就都交給你了。」在我抵達台灣之後兩人碰了面,離開前她這麼對我說。

A Fragment Of Her Life

The girl has outstanding quality; I would like to let her keeps the pure and clean character for shooting. I asked her to show me some spots in the city where she is used to spending her casual time. Sometimes she stopped in small stores and took a look interesting stuff, or she just turned into an exhibition, or she swung her slender fingers with the music; I followed her and captured her movements.

女孩五官立體、乾淨清亮,所以在妝髮造型上我以減法來呈現出她獨特的氣質。至於拍攝場景的安排則是以女孩日常生活中常在台北街頭轉繞的空間為主;我們沿街步行移動,她或許駐足店家欣賞小物、或者繞進一場小展覽裡、或者隨著音樂閉上眼輕繞著手足而舞,我在一旁靜靜觀察伺機捕捉瞬間。

I had always wanted to try the way of portrait photography, and it was a great opportunity to take this project because of that the girl has faith in me; I could create all scenes freely. The images show such a true attitude from the girl; however, it also has a touch of a cinematic atmosphere in it.

這種拍攝手法一直是我想要嘗試卻在過往沒有機會的;也因為信任,所以可以恣意發揮不受限。過往的拍攝手法是強行把被拍攝者拉入一個空間中定位,這次則是隨著女孩在城市裡移動的足跡記錄下生活日常的片刻,是非常真實的紀錄,卻又因為故事性的導入呈現出有如電影場景般的力量。拍完之後精疲力盡卻大呼過癮哪。

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Fanning Tseng is the editor of Yes! Please Enjoy which was founded in 2012. Having lived in different cities and experienced different cultures, Fanning focuses on the connection between Europe and Asia. She is now working as a professional photographer and a full-time blogger. Moreover, Fanning is a regular feature columnist in several Chinese online magazines such as Vogue Taiwan, WOMANY and 10/10 HOPE. Get better informed by subscribing the Newsletter; moreover, let’s stay connected on Instagram and Facebook.

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  • 好看 喜欢!什么时候你开摄影班,我第一个报名,我等了很久 🙂

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